Scottish Tory Councillor’s Home and Car Firebombed, He Believes it Was Politically Motivated
The home and car of Scottish Tory Councillor Graeme Campbell was firebombed on Monday, in what he believes was an attempt to murder him over politics.
The attack took place while Campbell’s wife Fiona and 18-year-old son were asleep in the home.
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The family was alerted to their car being on fire by a neighbor, shortly before it spread to the house.
“I then went down and the person said my car was on fire and the car was just an inferno,” Campbell told STV News. “The fire has spread to the front of the house. The front of the garage has gone. The next door neighbour’s house has also taken some damage. I’m just devastated by this.”
Campbell believes that the only explanation for the bombing is his political work.
“It’s shocking someone is trying to murder us,” he said. “When someone bombs your car you know someone is basically trying to kill you.”
“Another 15 minutes and we would have been dead if we hadn’t got the fire brigade, who were incredible,” Campbell added. “I’m totally disgusted because it could only have come from my work as a councillor.”
“I’m not surprised. I’m angry more than surprised. I’ve got an idea that it’s linked to a case I’ve been involved in as a local councillor, a planning case for the last 18 months,” he said. “There has been sadly another constituent had their car burnt out back in 2018.”
The police in Scotland said that the “incident is being treated as willful and inquiries are ongoing.”